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STAYING INSPIRED WITH…ECHLIN’S MARK O’CALLAGHAN

As Lockdown eases, our final chat in this series exploring how industry friends and clients have adapted during the Covid crisis, is with Mark O’Callaghan, Co-founder and Director of visionary architectural design and development studio Echlin

Echlin recently completed the sympathetic restoration and modernisation of this Grade II listed townhouse in South Kensington.

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING FROM AND HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO YOUR NORMAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT?

I am working from the top floor of my family house in South West London whereas normally I would work from the Echlin studio in Notting Hill. I’m missing the in person contact with my team but it’s certainly  enjoyable to spend more time at home with my family.

WITH OBVIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO SOURCE YOUR INSPIRATION?

Definitely from the outdoors and from nature. I think we have at least been lucky with the weather so I have been able to spend my exercise time in local parks such as Wimbledon common and Richmond Park. With the reduction of cars and air traffic you can really hear the birds singing and it feels like you are in the middle of the countryside.

I also love the river Wandle which runs from Wandsworth to Surrey. I find the sound of the river really cathartic and calming. It is really clean as its chalk so under normal circumstances I have also been known to swim in it!

HAS THIS SITUATION MEANT YOU ARE USING OR ADOPTING TECHNOLOGIES MORE THAN BEFORE AND DO YOU THINK YOU WILL CARRY ON USING THEM IN THE SAME WAY WHEN ALL RESTRICTIONS ARE OVER?

Yes it’s been amazing to see how quickly we can all adapt. We have mostly been using zoom and we will definitely be using it more in the future and travelling less if we can. I have been amazed to see how quickly my children have adapted to zoom schooling too.

NAME ONE THING YOU HAVE YOU LEARNT YOU CANNOT WORK WITHOUT AND ONE WORK RELATED THING THAT YOU HAVEN’T MISSED IN THE SLIGHTEST.

It’s definitely my phone. I can pretty much run my work and life from it. Since lockdown we are using a new software time management system called Trello which has completely changed the way I organise my day. It’s on my laptop but also on my phone so if I have a spare 15 minutes I can have a look and see if there is something I can squeeze in.

I thought I would miss the human face to face meetings more but although I do miss them it’s certainly not been as bad as I feared!

WHILST IN LOCKDOWN, IS THERE AN OBJECT THAT YOU HAVE RECONNECTED WITH OR HAVE APPRECIATED MORE FOR BEING AROUND YOU?

We inherited this outside wood burner from the previous owners and my children have loved it when we light it up on an evening and can look out over the garden which is very much work in progress!


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PLUMAGE RUG COLLECTION LAUNCH PARTY

Sam and Mark from Echlin chat to Deirdre Dyson, Pandora from World of Interiors in conversation with James Dyson

We love revealing Deirdre’s new rug designs at Maison & Objet every January but by contrast, Deirdre’s annual UK collection launch, held here in the intimacy of our Kings Road gallery, is by far the highlight of our year.

The evening gives Deirdre a chance to catch up with valued friends of the brand as well as clients old and new and introduce her carpets in person whilst guests can touch and feel the incredible quality of the finished designs, see the lustre of the silk and the true colours which are always best viewed ‘in the flesh’.

Lady Dyson in front of her limited edition carpet artwork UNBOUND

This year’s collection inspired by the hues and patterns of birds and their feathers, is a riot of colour and contrast and provoked much admiration and discussion.  As did Deirdre’s first carpet artwork, UNBOUND, created in a limited edition of three and intricately handwoven in 32 colours of wool and silk.

UNBOUND was recently included in The Luxury Cave launch event at the Design Museum and was so overwhelmingly well received that Deirdre is now working on another limited-edition wall piece, more details to be revealed soon.

Flowers by Clayton at Strudwick Flowers provided the perfect backdrop to the evening’s festivities.  Deirdre had requested natural arrangements with fluid forms reflecting the designs on display and Clayton fulfilled this brief perfectly, picking up the reds in both HARLEQUIN and UNBOUND on the first floor and the golden and buttery tones of GOLDEN PHEASANT and BURLESQUE on the ground floor.

Bespoke cocktails colour co-ordinated with Deirdre Dyson’s QUILLS rug

This year guests enjoyed lavender cocktails selected by Edison to compliment the purple found in Deirdre’s new QUILLS rug design, Champagne and Dyson wine together with delicious canapes by Aquashard such as mushroom arancini, steak tartare and mini fish and chips.  Guests were extremely well looked after by Aquashard’s John Wiltshire and his team.

Lily from Cereal Magazine with Deirdre Dyson PR Zara Brown of Zedcoms
Wallpaper* Online Editor Sujata Burman, Chanda Pandya of Rossana/The Luxury Cave, Sir James Dyson and Dave Harvey of Wallpaper*

The gallery, designed by Architect Timothy Hatton (pictured) comes in to its own at night and the wonderful atmosphere led to a very special evening celebrating another stellar rug collection by Deirdre.

Paresh Dudhaiya, Tricia Topping of Luxury Topping, Mary Wiggin and Rachel Bull of Co-Existence
Correna Mitchell, Sir James Dyson, Sir James Bucknall, Architect Timothy Hatton, Julia Carrick and Darren Miller of Rossana/The Luxury Cave

Michael Messenger, Diana Wilkinson, Model and Author Victoria Nixon and Deirdre Dyson
Sir James Dyson and Architect Timothy Hatton
Occa Designs CEO Kate Mooney (right) and Clare-Ann Coll
Julia Carrick and Brendon Moss
Nichole Detering and Nicholas Hanslip of Franklin of Project Management with Sir James Bucknall
Sir James and Lady Dyson
Stylists Louisa Grey and Marianne Cotterill
John Wiltshire and members of his Aquashard team
Stylist Marianne Cotterill
Al Martin of Alexander Martin Architects
Correna Mitchell of Timothy Hatton Architects

Designer Sue Timney
Tricia Topping of Luxury Topping

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Inspired by Nature – Deirdre Dyson collaborates with Echlin

The latest turn-key residence by visionary design and development studio Echlin is Leverton House – located just moments from Kensington Palace and Gardens in Ossington Street, Notting Hill.

Set behind an attractive period façade this state of the art modern home is a nature-inspired sanctuary in the city.

The parkside location together with a light-filled internal courtyard featuring verdant living walls (a USP of all Echlin developments) floods the interior with light and formed the starting point for the interior design.

An integral part of the interior is a large hand knotted wool and silk version of Deirdre’s FALLING LEAVES carpet.

Deirdre has said of the project:

I was approached by [our Chelsea neighbours] Echlin to design a carpet especially for their new project, Leverton House.  Echlin’s concept was to bring the outside in.

The inspiration for this bespoke version of Falling Leaves came from standing under a Winter tree with branches bending downwards, above and around me…Echlin selected the colours to create airy lightness and to work perfectly with their nature-inspired concept.

Echlin has utilised British designed, natural and hand-crafted materials wherever possible in addition to the highest quality bespoke joinery and fittings throughout the property.

Other brands and designers featured include Tom O’Dell of Odells Studios, Hugh Miller Furniture Studio Haran, Johnston’s of Elgin, Bennett Silk and James Hare, Rachel Vosper and True Grace together with Walpole British Luxury members such as Richard Brendon, Ettinger and Nyetimber, and Brands of Tomorrow  The New Craftsmen with artwork by London based Italian artist Gabriele Cappelli.

Leverton House is currently listed for sale with Knight Frank, further details here